How we Handle Trade-Ins

By: Nelson Toyota   |   02 Jul 2018


We often outgrow our vehicles. Whether our family is growing, we find new hobbies, or we simply need an upgrade in style, bringing in your used vehicle for a trade is a great way to get a jump start on your next car, truck or SUV purchase. Your vehicle likely has plenty of life left in it, but if it’s not meeting your needs any longer, that means it’s time to trade it in and get something that better suits your lifestyle. Whatever the reason, before you trade-in your current ride, read our tips on how to trade-in your vehicle properly.

We can help you trade in or sell your used vehicle in three simple and easy steps. Avoid the hassle of arranging viewings, dealing with paperwork and putting up ads and learn more about selling your car to Nelson Toyota.

Learn Your Vehicle’s Worth

It’s important to have a rough idea of what your car, truck, van, or SUV is worth. There are plenty of resources online that will give you a ballpark idea of what your vehicle may be worth, but the best way to learn more about its value to is to talk with an expert. Nelson Toyota has a team of professionals that help us navigate trade-ins all the time. Remember, though, all used vehicles are different, and the value of your vehicle depends on the condition its in. Things that can impact the value are how many kilometres it has been driven, current market demand, and accident history, cleanliness etc. Having realistic expectations is important when looking for the right offer for your vehicle.


To Sell or to Trade

Are you searching for something new or trimming down the vehicle count in your driveway? If you’re simply not using your vehicle anymore, selling it is probably the right decision for you. While you could sell your vehicle privately, it takes time, energy and some savvy know-how to do so and get the best deal. Are you prepared to spend hours going back and forth negotiating with strangers? Using a dealer, like  Nelson Toyota, takes the pressure off especially when you’re looking for more than a quick sale. Trade-ins give you great value and make our dealership on one-stop-shop. We’re always looking for high-quality, reliable vehicles and will buy cars, trucks, and SUVs even if you don’t buy one of ours. Regardless of your choice, talk to a trusted representative about your options. 

We have an easy trade-in process that you can get started online, right now. 

Use the form on our application page to describe your vehicle to us. The more detail the better. Once we’ve reviewed your information, we will be in touch! Once we have appraised your vehicle we hand over your money. It’s that simple.

Ready to Bring in Your Car? Let’s Talk Vehicle Condition

The last thing to think about before trading-in your ride is its condition. Give it a little TLC. It’s amazing what a little attention to details can do for a car’s resale value. Take the time to clean your vehicle thoroughly inside and out. The value of a vehicle is all about perception and leaving fast food containers and coffee cups lying around your car will likely make it seem like it’s worth less than it actually is. 

If there are any malfunctioning or broken parts make sure you mention these issues upfront. All used vehicles need a little work, but if you’re open and honest you’ll come off a lot more trustworthy to the person appraising your vehicle and because of that, you may get a slightly better offer. If you’re thinking about trading in your vehicle and need some honest advice, feel free to contact us online or stop by if you’re in the area. We’re always happy to help. 



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